January 2022

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January 2022

January 1, 2022

First Saturday Hiking Series (January 1, 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am)

Join Us for a New Hiking Series, Starting January 1, 2022!

When: The first Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

What: Each month we will explore a different protected property owned by Rensselaer Land Trust. Guided hikes will be led by one of RLT's volunteer land stewards
Details: No registration required. Rain, snow, or shine. Wear appropriate outerwear for the weather. If it's snowy or icy, come prepared with crampons or snowshoes. Each month's featured location will be shared via e-news, RLT's website, and social media sites.
First Guided Hike Saturday, January 1 • 9:00 a.m.

Hike leader: Bob Crowley, RLT President and Staalesen Preserve Co-land Steward.

Location: To kick off the New Year, we will explore our John B. Staalesen Preserve in South Troy. The Preserve protects some of Troy’s limited remaining undeveloped open space. Its location in the middle of a residential development in Troy makes it easy for city residents to visit and explore a natural area.

The Staalesen Preserve includes 24 acres of fields, woods, and wetlands, and is bordered on one side by the Wynants Kill. Part of the Preserve has an open park‐like feel due to its history of human activity and recent municipal infrastructure improvements. The remainder of the Preserve has more natural habitats, including floodplain (stream-side) forest and a marsh. The preserve provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, pileated woodpecker, wild turkey, and belted kingfisher.

Directions: The main entrance to the John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve is in South Troy off Campbell Avenue at the end of Wynantskill Way in the Vanderhayden Estates residential development. Campbell Avenue runs from Route 4 at the Burden Pond Park up to Spring Ave, which in turn intersects with Pawling Avenue (NYS Route 66). From the intersection of Wynantskill Way and Campbell Avenue, just east of the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Spring Avenue, take Wynantskill Way to its end and continue straight ahead past the metal gate to the parking area next to the Capital Roots community garden. Click HERE for Google Map View.